Or A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Cinema
Last month in Norwich I attended a screening (Possibly the UK premiere) of The Red Pill by Cassie Jaye. It was attended by a guest panel for a Q and A at the end of the documentary. It is a very significant film and therefore it was a very significant event.
The guest panel included Cassie Jaye, Erin Pizzey, Paul Elam, Mike Stephenson, Mike Buchanan and 3 special guest feminists Lucinda Bray, Katy Jon Went and Jessica Austin.
The event itself was made all the more significant just by the nature of what the organisers had to go through to get it screened, and to inform people of where it would be without the information getting out to the wrong people and the event getting cancelled due to complaints to the venue by people who are against the film being screened or viewed.
Barry White was the man behind getting this excellent documentary screened in Norwich. Luckily for all involved Barry was fully prepared for possible hurdles to the event taking place as there had already been a lot of publicity about the film, its director and what it was about. Most of this publicity was negative and it was only those of us that had been following the issues covered in the film and the people involved in it that knew that most of the publicity the film was receiving was false and extremely biased. Barry White had originally intended to show the film to a handful of people but, after all the push-back he got and the numerous cancellations by venues that had agreed on a screening, the film was eventually seen by a few hundred people.
This is how it went down:
People that had requested a ticket were told the location. A few days later we’d be informed that the venue had pulled out and that another was being sought. This was repeated a couple of times until eventually we were told that a venue had been secured but that it’s location would be kept secret till much closer to the date to avoid yet another cancellation. In the end, as it was unavoidable, it was arranged that those wishing to attend would all meet in a public place on a street at a specific time. So a hundred or more people all gathered on a Winter’s evening in the middle of town and were then lead by a couple of the organisers and a couple of security guards (better safe than sorry) a few hundred yards to where the cinema was located. It gave the event a palpable sense of excitement.
A minute or two after finding a seat I spotted Cassie Jaye sitting in the row in front of me and I so wish I’d taken the opportunity to say hello.
Before the film started the guest panel were introduced and Cassie Jaye spoke briefly about making the film over a period of three years.
The film was watched with great attention by all except a small group of young feminists sitting on the row behind me who were very resistant to the film and its message, but who I think will have been very effected by it by the time it ended.
I have to admit that the documentary was even better than I had dared hope it would be.
I had spent some time over the previous days trying to come up with a decent question to ask but hadn’t managed much. Quite a bit of the Q and A time was taken up by the 3 feminists telling us who they were and why they were there etc and that was a shame, but still, some very good questions got asked and very good answers given. The whole thing had gone off pretty perfectly.
There is a video of the Q and A here: Red Pill Q and A
After the Q and A people headed down to the front to say hello to Cassie and the rest of the panel, all of whom are very well known by anyone with any interest at all in human rights and gender equality. I made my way to the front of the stage and headed straight for Mike Stephenson (aka DrRandomercam). I’m such a fan that I was actually more flustered at meeting him that I realised I would be, but I did manage to ask for an autograph and he very kindly went several steps better and drew me a picture. I grinned for about two days.
I so wish I had taken the opportunity to get all their autographs and shake all their hands. They are a fabulous group of people an I don’t suppose the chance will come again.
I did manage to say hello and shake the hand of Mike Buchanan. A tireless worker for the equal human rights of men and boys.
I hope everybody gets a chance to see this important and eye opening documentary.
Please let me know if you are going or hoping to see this film, or if you have already seen it please tell me your experience.